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“INCOMPARABLE” TRIP TO ITALY, SEA DREAM MEGA-YACHT CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY AND “THE ULTIMATE SLUMBER PARTY” HEAD HOST OF
Community Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society and
BOCA RATON, FL – (March 1, 2004) - Let the revelry begin! A weekend of great wine matched with delectable culinary delights will tempt the savvy palates of patrons at the Second Annual Boca Bacchanal Winefest &Auction as they prepare to sip, savor and bid at the event’s world-class auction, all to support local children’s causes. On tap are ten vintner dinners on Friday evening; wine seminars; BOCAnalia, a sumptuous Saturday luncheon food and wine tasting on the green at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park ; the Grand Finale Auction and Dinner Saturday night and a fabulous “Brunch in the Sky” to wrap up festivities on Sunday.
Presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society March 19-21, 2004, this year’s edition of Boca Bacchanal will benefit community programs of the Historical Society, and the Children's Place South in Boca Raton, a part of The Children's Place at Home Safe. The Palm Beach County organization provides 24-hour residential and community- based services to children and families impacted by child abuse and neglect, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.
“We have invited an impressive array of internationally acclaimed vintners and chefs to stir up culinary excitement,” says Beth King, who along with Cathy Arts, is co-chairing this year’s fundraiser. “Our goal is to involve the entire community in a delightful cultural event while they help us raise support for children’s causes.”
The centerpiece of Boca Bacchanal is the Grand Finale Dinner and Auction at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, which features rare wines and lifestyle lots at live and silent auctions and a multi-course dinner displaying the culinary talents of top chefs.
“The wineries participating in Boca Bacchanal come to us from the world’s great wine producing countries: France, Italy, Australia and the United States,” states Chris Kearney, Vice president of National Distributing Company. “They bring an international flavor that compliments the great lineup of chefs, making this a tremendous wine and food event. But, importantly, wine is also a lifestyle. At the auction bidders will be vying for an outstanding array of distinctive and impressive wine lots.” Kearney described several of the most attractive offerings:
The auction spotlight will also be on hugely appealing travel/lifestyle /wine prizes such as:
A famed winemaker and international philanthropist, Grace will also be lending his services as Honorary Wine Chairman. Joining Grace in orchestrating the Grand Finale evening will be master Auctioneer Dave Reynolds and James Reaux, Executive Chef of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, who will preside over a delectable dinner created by renowned fellow culinarians and prized vintners. These outstanding chefs include Ken Frank (La Toque, Rutherford, CA); Alice Weingarten (Alice’s Key West, Key West, FL); Todd Slossberg (Hotel Jerome, Aspen, CO); Clark Frasier & Mark Gaier (Arrows Restaurant, Ogunquit, ME); Rich Vellante (Legal Sea Foods, Boston MA); Roberto Donna (Galileo, Washington, D.C.); Robbin Haas (Chispa, Coral Gables, FL); Maurilio Garola (La Ciau Del Tornavento, Treiso, Italy) Michelle Bernstein (Azul, Miami, FL); Jim Dodge (The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA); Nick Morfogen (32 East, Delray Beach, FL) and Oliver Saucy (Café Maxx, Pompano Beach, FL).
The presenting vintners are Clarke Swanson, (Swanson Vineyards, Rutherford, CA); Christopher W. Silva (St. Francis Winery, Sonoma, CA); Peter K. Huwiler (Merryvale Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA); Rolando Beramendi (Barone Ricasoli, Brolio, Casanova di Neri, Fonterutoli, Tuscany, Italy); Jeffrey Paterson (Mt. Eden Vineyards, Santa Cruz, CA); John W. Gay (Penfolds, Australia); Tom Selfridge (Chalone Wine Group, Napa, CA); Norman and Rosalee DeLeuze (ZD Winery, Napa Valley, CA); Kathy Benziger (Benziger Family Winery , Glen Ellen, CA); Olivier Masmondet (Maison Louis Jadot, Beaune, France) and Piedmont producers Malvira’, Cigliuti, Borgo Maragliano, and Cascian Fontana (Piedmont, Italy).
For information on Boca Bacchanal package rates and accommodations partners please call 561.395.6766, ext. 101 or visit the event Website at www.bocabacchanal.com. Please note: All Boca Bacchanal sponsors and weekend package ticket purchasers receive priority for event selections. Limited number of tickets and space available.
Boca Bacchanal chairs include: Cathy Arts and Beth King, Event Co-Chairs; Chris Kearney and Saby Diaz, Vintners; Howard Olshansky, Margaret Hudson, John Mullhall and Sylvie Godin, Children’s Place Liaisons; Chef Jim Dodge, Chef Advisory Chair; Chef Joe Coletto, BOCAnalia Chefs Chair; Chef James Reaux, Auction Dinner; Mary Jane Evans and John Lewis, Vintner Dinners; George Brown and Linda Davidson, BOCAnalia; Renee Feder and Becky Davis, Grand Finale Auction Dinner; Barbara Teage and Megan Tormey, Auction; Ginny and Peter Page, Brunch; Carter Strickland, Wine Committee; Carla Marsh, Chef Acquisitions and Public Relations; Ann Rutherford, Underwriting; Kae Jonsons, Pre-events; John Hannifan, Treasurer; Mary Csar, Marketing; Robin Deyo, Website and Carole Putman, Database. Serving in an advisory capacity are last year’s chairmen Ann Rutherford, Carla Marsh, Margaret Mary Shuff and Joan Wargo, as well as Tim and Julie Snow, and Lisa Warren.
Boca Bacchanal corporate and private sponsors include Mrs. Keith C. Wold, Boca Raton Magazine, National Distributing Company, Boca Raton Resort & Club, JM Family Enterprises, Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, The Wine News, Un Po' Pazzo, Inc., Carla Marsh Public Relations, Cendyn, Newman Craske Family; Mizner Park, Rutherford, Mulhall, PA; Publix Super Market Charities, Champagne Taittinger, the R. A. Ritter Foundation and SUNNY 104.3 FM.
COMPLETE LIST OF AUCTION LOTS AND PARTICIPATING VINTNERS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
Friday, March 19 - Vintner Dinners
Stroll, taste and enjoy delicious food "by the bite" created by 20 of the area's top chefs and over 60 wineries. An Exceptional presentation of featured wines will be offered along with the food, under the shelter of an attractive tent. Guests will stroll, sip, dine and listen to live music. Presenting restaurants include Arturo's, Johannes, Legal Sea Food, Le Bistro, Mark's at the Park, PF Chang’s, Tsunami, Pranzo, The Hillsboro Club, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Gi Gi’s Tavern, Zemi .
Time: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM Reception, Dinner & Auction
Sunday, March 21 – Brunch in the Sky
The culmination of a glorious culinary weekend, the Brunch in the Sky will be set at 27 Ocean Blue at the top of the tower at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.